Crazy weather! Yesterday it was in the 50s...the overcast kept it cool and it was wet and gray but still I thought I'd make the best of the day and go into the studio. Its been five weeks since I last laid eyes on the place! For the first hour I sat and and relaxed in order to get re-acclimated. After solving all the problems of the world I then got busy doing my favorite avoidance activity...rearranging. I reduced the display area to gain more work space. Unlike at the basement, I have my portable o2 when in the studio which I sometimes forget that I'm wearing until it falls off a chair or I feel the tug of the tube as I attempt to move around...but it hinders me from moving gracefully (ah! like I ever did without it!) so finding the ideal arrangement is on-going. The furniture has remained light weight and easily movable. What I gained was a card table that I'm going to use for overflow items, like containers, paints, rags, etc. which will keep the paint/print table clearer and I can more easily lay the portable at one end without it getting in the way. Also, I'm only going to keep one quilt up for display except for when I'm actively participating in open studios. With the extra wall space I'll hang fabrics that I've either completed or are in progress.
The studio space behind me that I had considered moving into some months ago is now occupied by a fashion retailer for the divas, skinny divas at that. The shop is only open on Fridays and Saturdays so I didn't meet the new tenant. A couple of spaces near me have become vacant and when I showed Moriah the one I would consider, she confirmed it was too small even if I streamlined. I knew that but I just wanted to be hopeful since it would save me some cash.
I'm going to refrain from assessing 2010 but to sum it up, the first six months were great with some dings and the last six months were less than great with perks. 2011 is my Golden Jubilee year since I am FIFTY as of today, so "JUBILATION" will be my operative word to carry me through the year. When all else fails, express joy.